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Pope urges clergy to go into world and tend to needy
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis encouraged his churchmen to leave their comfort zones and tend to the needy on the peripheries as he celebrated a Mass Saturday in a Polish church dedicated to St. John Paul II, the Polish pontiff whose staunch defense of workers' rights in the 1970s and 80s challenged his nation's then Communist rulers....

The Latest: Pope advices young pilgrims over lunch
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):...

What's safe? Europe grapples with security after attacks
PARIS (AP) -- You can't put a guard in every church and patrol every beach. But after a wave of attacks in Western Europe, authorities are struggling to protect their people as best they can. The French Riviera city of Cannes has banned large backpacks on beaches lest they hide explosives, and Britain is providing extra funding for security at tens of thousands of places of worship....

Philippine president calls off truce after rebel attack
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine president has withdrawn a cease-fire order after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline he had given....

Belgium arrests 2 brothers suspected of plotting attack
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Two brothers have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced Saturday....

Istanbul court releases hundreds of conscripts under arrest
ISTANBUL (AP) -- An Istanbul court has released hundreds of enlisted conscripts under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 abortive coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency says....

Gaza's Hamas hands out land hoping to avoid financial crisis
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Earth movers dig into sand dunes on land where once Jewish settlements stood - prime real estate that the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas group hopes will ease its worsening financial crisis....

Syrian civilians begin leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of families have started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave....

Armenia: 73 injured in clashes with riot police, 23 detained
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- Armenian health officials say 73 people needed medical treatment after clashes between riot police and supporters of gunmen from an opposition group who have been barricaded inside a police station in the capital for nearly two weeks....

Putin tests West's sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia
VRSIC, Slovenia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Slovenia, a member of both the European Union and NATO, testing Western unity in maintaining sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine....

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